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EAST TEXAS, October 4, 2010 | Kate Thompson ((202)225-3035)
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Election day is November 2, and as usual, the Smith County League of Women Voters held a candidate forum tonight.

By ROGER GRAY
Election day is November 2, and as usual, the Smith County League of Women Voters held a candidate forum tonight.

The marquee race in this forum should have been the run for Agriculture Commissioner. But without the incumbent, it lost a lot of its fire.

League rules state that if your opponent isn’t there, you don’t get to participate. Well, not only didn’t many opponents show up, only one Republican, David Simpson, was in the room.
Though Louie Gohmert, Leo Berman and Todd Staples were invited, none could appear.
So candidates in 3 races were to have been the dais Monday evening. The Ag Commissioner’s race, the run for Justice of the Supreme Court Place 9 and State Representative District 7.
But only the opponents for District 7 were there together.

And the room was filled with folks who had questions.

Democratic candidate for Agriculture Commissioner Hank Gilbert was sorry to see his opponent, incumbent Todd Staples, choose to give the evening a pass…

Republican State Representative candidate David Simpson, who beat Tommy Merritt for the nomination in District 7, debated Libertarian Eric Brandt.

And Democrat Blake Bailey was there, though his opponent Libertarian Jack Armstrong was a no show in the race for the state Supreme Court.

Despite the absence of some high profile opponents, the forum was fairly lively and the questions were, tough.

But the one thing I can say without fear of contradiction is…the moderator had a good time.